Reading Specialist, M.Ed.
Contact: Lisa K. Richardson, Ph.D.
The M.Ed. in Reading program is designed specifically to deepen P-12 teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge with the aim of improved student literacy achievement. This program is delivered in face-to-face and e-Learning formats so that it is possible to complete the degree while teaching in your own district. Technological tools facilitate course delivery, communication, and research. Enhancements include streamed video, braided discussions, audio conferencing, video reﬂections, and use of Internet resources. Students in the master’s reading program focus on developmental, cognitive, and sociocultural aspects of reading acquisition, instruction, and assessment. Professional and caring attitudes and beliefs about teaching lead to responsive and rigorous instruction in reading and literacy for all P-12 students, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Accomplished teaching professionals promote collaboration with students, colleagues, parents, families, and the larger community to improve literacy learning and student achievement in their contexts. Students prepare an exit portfolio in line with the goals of the School of Education and the program standards of the International Reading Association to demonstrate levels of knowledge and pedagogy commensurate with the skills and dispositions of highly competent advanced teaching professionals. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.
The UAS Reading Specialist program has gained national recognition by the International Reading Association since 2004. The International Literacy Association renewed recognition for the program in 2015.
- A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
- An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00.
- Two general recommendations written on UAS provided form by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance.
Please write an essay of three to five pages (1500 words maximum) describing the following topics:
- Describe your rationale for applying to a graduate program in (insert program title here) and your professional goals related to this course of study.
- What are some of the challenges that face educators in public education today? How might continued study support you in mediating these challenges or supporting possible solutions in your context?
- Describe a trend in education and your perception of its effects for learners and systems of education.
- Reflecting on your career in education to this point
- Describe a success that you experienced and why you considered this experience a success.
- Describe a situation that did not result in a positive outcome and what you might have done differently.
- Statement of ability to do field experience.
- A copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.
Additional information and links to forms at: https://www.uas.alaska.edu/education/programs/reading-specialist.html.
|Minimum Credit Hours||33|
|ED S626||Classroom Research||3|
|EDRE S671||Language, Reading and Culture||3|
|EDRE S674||Developing Reading, ECE-12||3|
|EDRE S675||Reading and Cognition||3|
|EDRE S678||Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers at All Levels||3|
|EDRE S679||Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas||3|
|EDRE S680||Reading Instruction and Assessment I||6|
|EDRE S681||Reading Instruction and Assessment II||3|
|EDRE S696||Reading Teacher As Leader 1||3|
|EDRE S698||Master's Research Project or Portfolio||3|
Must pass EDRE S696 with a B or higher to graduate
Recommendation for certification will be issued upon completion of the above coursework. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development grants the endorsement upon completion of the Institutional Recommendations and the required fee from the student. Students must be accepted into the graduate certificate program.